An early morning fire outbreak in New Kru Town last Thursday that residents claimed was started by an unattended candle destroyed seven zinc houses, rendering more than 70 people homeless. It is the second time this month that fire has destroyed properties worth thousands of dollars and forced many to seek shelter from neighbors and relatives in New Kru Town on Bushrod Island. An eye-witness told the Daily Observer yesterday morning, “It began around one in the morning when everyone was asleep. “We heard the noise of fire and so we rushed outside to see and if possible, help.” He explained that as the fire increased in intensity, “all anybody could do was to leave for a secure area while at the same time we made sure that other zinc houses nearby did not get affected.” He said the fire started from an unattended candle in one of the zinc houses that burned. “We have always told the resident not to leave candles on,” the eye-witness said, “but he would not listen.” Meanwhile, the chairman of the community, Joe Carr told the Daily Observer that more than 70 residents are affected, “They have lost everything they had.” Carr, who heads the Karpeh Street Community, appealed to the Liberia National Red Cross Society and other humanitarian organizations to come to their assistance. “They need urgent intervention such as clothes, mattresses, food and shoes,” Carr said. Carr, who is in his first term, said, “We have listed the names of all the affected residents and we are located behind the First Baptist Church, near Karpeh Street in New Kru Town.” Among the affected residents, most of them self-employed, are Joseph Blamo, 63; Martha Neboe, 30 (with 5 kids) who said she lost LD4,000; Rose Blamoh, 16; Victoria Allieu, 25. Others are Cyrus Nagbe, 36; Anthony Wesseh, 72; Daniel Kollie, 27; Hamidou Jalloh, 19; Jr. Kollie, 21; Wilson Weah, 47, Joseph Wilson, 58 and Wilson Brown, 32, who works as a security for the Barrack Young Controllers football club; and Ms. Patricia Doe, 30, with 3 kids, who also said ‘someone’ stole LD9,000 from her room, directly adjacent to the affected houses.The Daily Observer also learnt that a team of Liberia Fire Service personnel called to the scene could not find enough space to work from. “The houses are clustered together and it was difficult for the officers to reach the scene,” a neighbor said. Most of the zinc houses, particularly on Karpeh Street, were built in the 1960s, residents said. “They don’t have toilet facilities,” said another neighbor, “but we are blessed with the construction of latrines by humanitarian groups, of which at least three are located on Karpeh Street here.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
January 12, 2020
A new Guyana Airways is expecting to commence operations in October and will see daily flights to a number of Caribbean destinations and eventually the United States of America.This was revealed by its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairman, Colin Abrams, who informed Guyana Times on Thursday of the initiatives which the carrier would be undertaking in the coming months.During that time, the office at Barrack and High Streets, Kingston would be opened so as to engage stakeholders on some of the services and routes that would be offered by the new airline.Abrams noted that they were awaiting confirmation from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) as it relates to the acquisition of their licence, which wouldThe Guyana Airways headquarters on High and Barrack Streets, Kingstonultimately give the green light to commence operations.“We’d hopefully like to commence operations during October after a cruiser training in Miami and we’re shooting for October. That is part of the (Air Operator’s Certificate) AOC licensing process. We have to fly trips and they observe that our trips are flown within the realms of our operating procedures that we wrote in our manuals,” he said.The Chairman noted that this would be done after checks were made by the GCAA during piloted flights, to verify the company was in keeping with all of the guidelines and standards that were set out initially. The airline will first fly to Cuba, Barbados and Trinidad with more destinations to come in the future as it expands operations.“We will be flying for the Caribbean for now, simply because Guyana is a category-two country and we aren’t able to fly to North America as a category-two country. So, we will be flying daily to Havana, Cuba and to other parts of the Caribbean like Barbados and Trinidad,” Abrams said.Meanwhile, it was related that the aircraft to be used is not owned by the company, but would be dry-leased.“The flights are not chartered and we will be dry-leasing the aircraft. We have hired 80 flight attendants so far and in terms of total employees, we have hired close to 120.”This publication also spoke to one of the appointed Language of Destination (LOD) flight attendants, Shelly Ann Lalchand who stated, “It’s the most amazing experience, warm people and a beautiful team. We’re not just a team, we’re a family and we’re looking forward to giving excellent customer service to all of our future passengers. We’re so looking forward to serve.”
December 30, 2019
The family had not authorized the release of the name of the latest victim, the city medical examiner’s office said. More than 1,800 of the 21,000 body parts recovered from ground zero have been found in the last two years in and around the trade center site. Still, more than 40 percent of the 2,749 people killed at the site have not been identified, because the bones recovered were too degraded and damaged by heat and time. The city has been using updated technology to try and re-extract DNA to make new identifications. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre NEW YORK – A second Sept. 11 victim was identified from human remains found underneath a service road at the World Trade Center site in the past year, officials said Friday. More than 400 human bone pieces have been recovered from beneath the service road that carried cleanup and construction trucks in and out of the site after the 2001 terrorist attacks. The search at the spot began in October 2006, when utility workers found more than 80 bones in a manhole in the service road. Searchers have since moved to other manholes, underneath a highway and onto nearby rooftops. The city identified the first victim from remains found in the road in July, along with a victim identified from remains found in an abandoned, contaminated skyscraper across from ground zero.
December 19, 2019
21 January 2009 Mandela said Obama’s presidency brought hope of “new beginnings in the relations between nations, that the challenges we all face, be they economic, the environment, or in combating poverty or the search for peace, will be addressed with a new spirit of openness and accommodation.” Reminded of South Africa’s transition “People, not only in our country but around the world, were inspired to believe that through common human effort injustice can be overcome and that together a better life for all can be achieved,” Mandela said. “You will always be in our affection as a young man who dared to dream and to pursue that dream. We wish you well.” “You, Mister President, have brought a new voice of hope that these problems can be addressed and that we can in fact change the world and make of it a better place.” Mandela said the widespread excitement and enthusiasm generated by Obama’s inauguration reminded him of South Africa at the time of its transition from apartheid to democracy in 1994. “The powerful sense of history in the making, the intoxicating tingle of anticipation and expectation, all underpinned by a feeling of relief, almost as though one could breathe out at last after having held one’s breath for what had seemed like an eternity.” He added that there was “special excitement” in Africa on Tuesday “in the knowledge that you have such strong personal ties with Africa.” Obama is the son of a black Kenyan father and a white mother from Kansas. ‘Special excitement’ in Africa In a letter handed to Obama before his inauguration in Washington on Tuesday, Mandela said Obama’s election as America’s first black president had “inspired people as few other events in recent times have done. “Amidst all of the human progress made over the last century, the world in which we live remains one of great divisions, conflict, inequality, poverty and injustice,” Mandela said. “Amongst many around the world a sense of hopelessness had set in as so many problems remain unresolved and seemingly incapable of being resolved. Former South African president Nelson Mandela has congratulated Barack Obama on his inauguration as president of the United States, saying: “We believe that we are witnessing something truly historic not only in the political annals of your great nation, the United States of America, but of the world.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Business Day correspondent Tim Cohen drew the same comparison, saying that South Africans who witnessed Mandela’s inauguration as South Africa’s first black president in 1994 “would have instantly recognised the atmosphere” in Washington on Tuesday. SAinfo reporter Mandela said he was aware that expectations of Obama were high, and that the demands on him would be great. “We therefore once more wish you and your family strength and fortitude in the challenging days and years that lie ahead.
December 18, 2019
7 March 2012South African-based diversified resources company Exxaro and India’s Tata Power have launched a joint venture company that aims to take advantage of renewable energy projects in South Africa and on the continent.The new company, Cennergi (Pty) Limited, will be a 50:50 joint venture between Exxaro and Tata Power through its subsidiary Khopoli Investments.Based in South Africa, Cennergi will focus on acquiring and developing electricity generation projects in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia, starting with renewable energy projects in South Africa.An expanding energy market“Cennergi has been created by companies from developing nations to serve developing nations,” Exxaro CEO Sipho Nkosi said in a statement on Monday. “We expect Cennergi to play a key role in the African electricity generation market.”Nkosi said Cennergi aimed to be the leading cleaner energy independent power producer (IPP) in southern Africa, serving an expanding energy market.“This partnership with Tata Power will add the skills and capabilities necessary to create a world-class energy company in this region with enormous growth opportunities.”‘High-quality, sustainable projects’Tata Power MD Anil Sardana said the joint venture was in line with the company’s strategy of pursuing exploration opportunities for energy development in growing markets.“We look forward to working together with Exxaro to jointly develop efficient, high-quality and sustainable projects that will bring significant benefits to the region as well as local communities.“Through this partnership, we will be able to pursue business opportunities holistically and make a responsible contribution in this high-potential region.”SAinfo reporter
December 9, 2019
Almost daily I see social media folks with good intentions suggest that cold calling is dead. They (incorrectly) write that selling is dead, that no one likes salespeople, and that even salespeople don’t like being salespeople.With good hearts, they suggest things like changing your title to disguise that fact that you’re in sales. They insist that you abandon your outbound efforts and find your way to the promised land that is inbound marketing. In their mind, the ideas are mutually exclusive: you are either an old-school salesperson or you are enlightened, social-media wielding, non-salesperson.Unless you want a career change imposed on you in the not-to-distant future, you should ignore this advice.Advice Worth TakingIt reminds of an often told story about Gandhi. A mother waited all day to ask Gandhi to tell her diabetic son to stop eating sugar, that it was bad for his health, that it was harming him, and that it could kill him. Gandhi sent the mother and her child away, asking her to return to him in two weeks. The mother returned with the boy two weeks later. Gandhi told the boy directly to stop eating sugar. The mother asked Gandhi why he couldn’t have told the boy to stop eating sugar two weeks earlier. Gandhi replied that at that time he also was eating too much sugar.Gandhi didn’t believe that he had the moral authority to tell the boy to stop eating sugar. He wasn’t willing to ask the boy to do something he wasn’t willing to do.Social media provides a terrific set of tools for prospecting. These tools allow you to research your clients. They allow you to listen, to pay attention to what is interesting and important to your clients. The tools allow you to connect with your dream clients in a way that was never as easy as it is now. When used well, social media provides an excellent set of tools for lead generation.But these tools work better for some than others. They work well for consultants. They work particularly well for social media consultants. By themselves, the social tools don’t provide enough opportunities for people that carry a quota. I promise you that no one that would dole out the advice that you use only social media would take their own advice were they selling what you sell—or carrying your quota.Social media? Absolutely; you can’t be a Luddite, either! Exclusively? Not if you want to succeed and make your number.QuestionsWhat percentage of your existing opportunities came from social media?What percentage of opportunities do you expect to generate through social media?What percentage of your time and energy should spent investing in the social channels? Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now
December 1, 2019
For the first time, the Jammu and Kashmir government has ordered stopping of traffic on the 97-km national highway and halting train services in south Kashmir during daytime till the 45-day Amarnath Yatra concludes in the State, evoking sharp reactions.According to an official handout of the Railways, no train will be available between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Qazigund to Banihal. “Before 10 a.m. and after 3 p.m., trains will be available between Baramulla and Banihal. After completion of the yatra, trains will be available all day,” the spokesman said.In a separate order, the government directed that no civilian traffic will be allowed on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway from Qazigund to Nashri from 10 a.m. up to 3 p.m during the yatra period. Cut-off timeIn the past, authorities used to set a cut-off time for the vehicles carrying pilgrims from outside the State to reach the twin base camps in south and central Kashmir.The unprecedented move has evoked sharp reactions from the civil society and political parties.A spokesman of the Fruit Growers’ and Dealers’ Association said, “It will cause extreme hardship for those transporting fresh fruits, particularly cherry and plum, which are perishable items. The apple crop stored in cold storages will also get damaged.”The association requested the Governor’s administration “to consider revocation of the orders”.A delegation of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) met Divisional Commissioner Baseer Ahmad Khan to discuss the issue. “Tourists and persons associated with the tourism sector will face difficulties,” said KCCI member Nasir Hamid Khan.J&K People’s Movement chairman Shah Faesal said the pilgrims were welcome to the “land of Shiva but the suspension of the train services must end”.“In the past 30 years, it’s for first time that the national highway was closed for civilian movement. This curfew must end,” he said.People’s Conference spokesman Adnan Ashraf said the decision was “unjustified”. “Disrupting the lives of local people and tourists on the pretext of paving a safe way for the yatris would send a wrong signal to the people of Kashmir,” he said.State Congress president G.A. Mir termed the move as “bizarre”. “It should be revoked to ensure that people and tourists are not put to hardship,” he said.Meanwhile, a new batch of 4,600 pilgrims left Jammu for Kashmir on Wednesday to perform the yatra. Till date, 11,456 pilgrims have paid their obeisance at the cave this year, officials said.
November 27, 2019
Jitu Rai with other winners.Ace Indian shooter Jitu Rai clinched a historic gold in the 50m Pistol event on the opening day of the 17th Asian Games at the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range. Shweta Chaudary also won a bronze in 10m air pistol event after she scored 176.4 points.Fresh from his 50m Pistol silver in the World Championships, the Lucknow-based shooter completed a grand double as he had won a gold in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow earlier this year.The shooter, who serves the Gurkha regiment, was on target from the word go after moving into the finals even as compatriot Omkar Singh failed to cross the qualification hurdle.In the finals though, Rai was tested by Vietnam’s Nguyen Hoang Phuong, who had to settle for silver and bronze medallist Wang Zhiwei of China.Rai accumulated 186.2 points in comparison to Phuong’s 183.4 and Zhiwei stood a distant third with 165.6 points.
November 26, 2019
andy murrayaustraliaDavis Cup FinalsGreat Britain First Published: November 21, 2019, 11:24 AM IST Madrid: The Davis Cup has a new format but Andy Murray’s love of a comeback remains intact after the Scot battled from behind to beat Tallon Griekspoor on Wednesday as Great Britain edged past Holland.Murray came from a set down and then trailed 4-1 in the decider in Madrid before beating the spirited Griekspoor, ranked 179 in the world, 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (5). “I’ve found a way to win matches many times in my career when I’ve not been playing well,” Murray said. “You can draw on that a little bit.”A scrappy victory gave Great Britain the lead in their opening Group E tie and while Dan Evans lost the second singles rubber to Robin Haase, Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski finished the job in the doubles.Rafael Nadal won his 26th consecutive Davis Cup singles match later on Wednesday as Spain booked their place in the quarter-finals with a 3-0 victory over defending champions Croatia.Novak Djokovic, meanwhile, cruised past Yoshihito Nishioka to help Serbia beat Japan by the same scoreline.Murray had given short shrift on Tuesday to those he believes have been too quick to criticise the revamped Davis Cup, which for the first time is featuring all 18 World Group countries competing for the trophy across a single week in one venue.And in what will be music to the ears of the organisers, among them Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique, Murray was full of praise for the atmosphere inside the Caja Magica’s cosy Stadium 3.”The atmosphere was brilliant,” Murray said afterwards. “That was the one concern I had about the event, about it being on neutral ground, but it was great.”British fans have been second only to Spanish in terms of tickets sold so far and the strong attendance for Murray’s opener inside the tournament’s smallest court, with a capacity of 2,500, has not been consistent across other morning matches.BIGGEST ATTRACTIONMurray, along with Nadal and Djokovic, is one of the competition’s biggest attractions this week and Britain’s prospects of progressing to the quater-finals look good ahead of Thursday’s tie against Kazakhstan.It remains to be seen whether Murray plays or is rested against the Kazakhs but he was given a stiff workout by the 23-year-old Griekspoor, who was a surprise pick in the Dutch team ahead of Botic Van de Zandschlup.”About an hour before the match it changed,” said Murray. “I didn’t know much about his game.”But Murray again dug deep, his experience and resilience proving the difference as Griekspoor lost his nerve and then the match.Haase outlasted Evans 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4 while Jamie Murray and Skupski held on for a 6-4, 7-6 (6) win over Wesley Koolhof and Jean-Julien Rojer.Djokovic enjoyed a more comfortable start as he cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Nishioka in a straightforward win for Serbia against Japan.Serbia will play France on Thursday to decide who goes through as winners of Group A.”It’s probably one of the biggest challenges we can have in this competition, playing against France, one of the most successful nations in Davis Cup, and definitely one of the strongest teams,” Djokovic said.Nadal saw off Croatia’s Borna Gojo 6-4, 6-3 and then helped Spain win the doubles rubber alongside Marcel Granollers.Argentina could have secured progress by beating Germany but lost all three matches as Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Guido Pella and Jan-Lennard Struff overcame Diego Schwartzman to establish an unassailable advantage. Germany will advance if they beat Chile on Thursday.Canada are already through and will meet Australia in the last eight on Thursday, after Leyton Hewitt’s team beat Belgium 2-1. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
November 19, 2019
Cristiano Ronaldo understandably took the accolades as his two goals helped to fire Real Madrid to a 12th European Cup but fundamental to their triumph over Juventus on Saturday was midfielder Luka Modric.Madrid ran out 4-1 winners in the final at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium but endured a tough first half with Juventus dominating the play until Croatian Modric took control of the game.The score was at 1-1 after Ronaldo had netted against the run of play and Mario Mandzukic had equalised but Juventus were creating the better chances and Gianluigi Buffon’s net had otherwise gone untroubled.However, with Modric’s steadying influence increasing, the tide turned in favour of Zinedine Zidane’s side and they stormed to victory, firing more goals past Buffon than the three he had conceded in the rest of the tournament.Gareth Bale, like Modric a former Tottenham player, had been the focus of the build-up to the game but Modric proved crucial to Madrid’s successful defence of the title.”The first half was even. Juventus came out strong. We didn’t have possession,” Zidane told reporters.”The second half was better. I told them to continue with what we were doing but putting more pressure on them and playing with more width.”With Madrid playing a 4-4-2 formation with a diamond midfield and featuring no traditional wingers, the onus fell on Modric and Toni Kroos to occupy wider spaces.Modric created Ronaldo’s second goal from the right wing, elegantly skipping towards the byline before pulling back the ball for Ronaldo to smash home and effectively kill the game.advertisementBeyond his assist, the 31-year-old’s elegance on the ball, his eye for a pass and capacity for making the right decisions, helped to open up angles for Real Madrid to hit Juventus time after time on the break.”(Zidane) said that we need to be more aggressive, to not allow Juve to keep the ball easily like they did in the first half after our goal,” Modric told reporters.”We feel we are an amazing team and need to just keep doing what we are doing because I think we can win many more titles in the future.”While Ronaldo is the man who applies the killer blow, Modricis the team’s strategist, quietly working to create avenues and openings for Madrid to capitalise on.Modric created his own piece of history too, becoming the first Croatian to win the competition three times, moving ahead of former AC Milan defender Dario Simic, who lifted the cup in 2003 and 2007.